Chapter 118E of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 10J the following section:-
Section 10K. (a) The following words as used in this section, unless a different meaning is required by the context or is specifically prescribed, shall have the following meanings:
“Licensed physician” or “surgeon”, a physician or surgeon licensed pursuant to chapter 112.
“Sonographer” or “vascular technologist”, a non-physician who is qualified by national credentialing to perform diagnostic medical ultrasound, including a ultrasound technologist or sinologist.
(b) The division shall require that a sonographer or vascular technologist who, provides the technical component of a diagnostic ultrasound service to an individual receiving services pursuant to this chapter shall be credentialed in the appropriate modality by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Cardiovascular Credentialing International or shall practice in a laboratory accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the American Society for the Intersocietal Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories, or the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.
(c) Any sonographer or vascular technologist who is credentialed as required in paragraph (b) shall perform the diagnostic ultrasound under the supervision of a licensed physician or surgeon.
(d) This section and policies and procedures adopted pursuant to this section shall not prohibit any physician or surgeon licensed pursuant to chapter 112 from performing the technical component of a diagnostic ultrasound.
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